Gareth Hall, an ABB apprentice based in Stone, Staffordshire is the National Skills Academy for Power Apprentice of the Year for 2012.
The award was one of six categories in the People in Power Awards, which recognises and celebrates the success of employees in the power sector. The Awards were created in 2011 to help identify, celebrate and inform others about the breadth of talent that exists within the power sector.
In selecting Gareth Hall as Power Apprentice of the Year, the panel of judges recognised both the exceptional progress he has made, from joining ABB as an apprentice circuit engineer to becoming an integral member of a team helping to deliver multi-million pound substation projects, as well as his general commitment to the engineering profession. For example, Gareth has become a driving force of ABB’s long-term recruitment programme, taking leadership of the Stone site school support scheme leading a group of internal employees and working with local schools to raise awareness of engineering as a potential career path.
Now in the final year of his apprenticeship Gareth will be looking to progress further in both his career with ABB as well in continuation of his studies.
“We are delighted to congratulate Gareth Hall on receiving this award,” says Stephen Trotter, division head of ABB’s Power Systems business in the UK.
“It is a tribute to the major contribution he is already making to ABB and highlights the exceptional career opportunities now available for young people in the power sector. In fact, as Gareth is finding out, an ABB apprenticeship not only combines early real-world experience with rigorous tuition and guided study leading to a recognised qualification, it can put you on the way to the top – many of our most senior engineers started out as apprentices," he notes.